The Guest House – Rumi

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

(Translation by Coleman Barks)

Jalaluddin Muhammad Rumi was a 13th-century poet, jurist, scholar and theologian. His poems have been widely translated into many of the world’s languages.

None of the translations are perfect; the Farsi version is riddled with fabrication as well as the translations. The good news is that a true lover of Rumi’s work can easily collect the gems from the dirt. 

The major themes of Rumi’s poems are that of LOVE for God, spiritual states and progression.

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